Male Dog Names – Including The Top 40 Choices For 2018

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Looking for the best male dog names? Then look no further! 

But before we get stuck into the dozens of possibilities, I bet you will want to know what everyone else is selecting right now?

Top Male Dog Names 2018

  • Charlie
  • Becks
  • Max
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Toby
  • Henry
  • Bear
  • Scout

Those are the top ten – scroll down for more and don’t forget to check out the green box below for even more great name ideas

Here are the rest of the most popular names!

  • Tucker
  • Marley
  • Monty
  • Leo
  • Finn
  • Dexter
  • Barney
  • Alfie
  • Angus
  • Milo
  • Oscar
  • Shadow
  • Sam
  • Gus
  • Murphy
  • Harry
  • Hunter
  • Teddy
  • Jasper
  • Brodie
  • Rufus
  • Jake
  • Winston
  • Loki
  • Kona
  • Bruce
  • Zeus
  • Ben
  • Ollie
  • Bruno

This top 40 selection came courtesy of Dog Names Survey. And if your dog’s name didn’t appear on the list, you’ll be delighted to hear that you still have the chance to add your favorite.

And there’s more to come!

Best male dog names

One of the most fun ways to pass the time while you await the arrival of your new rescue dog or tiny new puppy? Wondering what he will be like. And thinking about what to call him, of course!

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Maybe you already know exactly what kind of names you like? Or perhaps you chop and change your mind on a daily basis?

Whichever camp you fall into, you’re bound to find some boy dog names to inspire you in these lists.

Do you like to capture the zeitgeist, or do you prefer male puppy names which have stood the test of time?

These dog names for boys have consistently occupied the top male pet names lists for years:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Jake
  • Oliver
  • Teddy
  • Harley
  • Riley
  • Cody
  • Buster
  • Lucky
  • Milo
  • Leo

Boy names for dogs

As you can see there’s a real trend towards giving our dogs human names.

It’s a logical progression from thinking of pets as part of the family. A way of saying that in our hearts, our dogs have the same status as people.

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So here are some more names for boy dogs that are human names too:

  • Thomas
  • Caleb
  • Lucas
  • Jackson
  • Wyatt
  • Evan
  • Gabriel
  • Carter
  • Asher
  • Dylan

People names for male dogs

Boy pet names are also a fun chance to use human names that are a bit more unusual.

These human names aren’t too common, but they’d all be good boy dog names:

  • Turner
  • Cedric
  • Seamus
  • Gilbert
  • Harris
  • Lyle
  • Reuben
  • Heath
  • Alistair
  • Douglas

Unique male dog names

Coming up with a one of a kind name for your dog can be a real challenge.

You never know when an obscure name is about to surge in popularity, or if someone else on your street is about to have the same flash of inspiration.

But it’s still fun to find something a bit special, like these unusual male dog names:

  • Zyron
  • Hurricane
  • Odin
  • Corvus
  • Inchyra
  • Stirling
  • Lulworth
  • Hobbs
  • Auster
  • Fisher
  • Moss
  • Ash

Check out our big guide to unique dog names for further ideas

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Place names for male dogs

One way to to find cute boy puppy names is to pick a theme you like and see where it leads you.

I’ve come up with this list by thinking of American places and landmarks:

  • Smoky
  • Rio
  • Elias
  • Sanford
  • Huron
  • Tahoe
  • Kennedy
  • Rockefeller
  • Bryce
  • Cimarron (This could be reckless, since cimarrón is Spanish for “wild” or “untamed”!)
  • Cartwright
  • Zoar (Cartwright and Zoar are both small settlements in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

Cute boy dog names

Will your dog be the baby of the family even when he’s fully grown?

Here are some cute boy dog names for puppies that are going to be adorable forever:

  • Angel
  • Beau
  • Prince
  • Babe
  • Jesse
  • Bodhi
  • Blue
  • Zebedee
  • Neo (Neo means both “new” in Greek and “gift” in Tswana – how perfect?)
  • Fuzz
  • Cupid

Cool dog names male

Is your dog going to be a legend in his own time?

Obviously what’s cool is a matter of taste and perception, and I’m not saying that I’m an authority on what definitely is cool.

But I might be.

  • Ace
  • Maverick
  • Ryker
  • Bix
  • Frank
  • Cash
  • Toro
  • Bogart
  • Dylan
  • Jet
  • Orion
  • Loki

If those don’t appeal check out our Cool Dog Names page for over three hundred more ideas!

Cute dog names for boys

There seems to be a trend at the moment for naming animals after other animals. For example the A Cat Called Mouse story books, and Rhino the hamster in the Disney film Bolt.

Whether you rate it or hate it, here are some more suggestions that might work as names for male dogs:

  • Wolf
  • Tiger
  • Raven
  • Bear
  • Lynx
  • Puma
  • Fox
  • Sparrow
  • Buffalo (or just Buff!)
  • Gopher

You’ll find another two hundred more cute names on this page

Good boy dog names

Do you have a hunch that your dog will be a loyal, reliable and upstanding member of the canine community?

Honor his noble side with one of these good male dog names:

  • Noah
  • Lincoln
  • Theodore
  • Sam
  • Joe
  • Captain
  • Norman
  • Benjamin
  • Seth
  • George
  • Pops

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Unusual male dog names

An unusual name will help your pup stand out in the park, and be a great ice-breaker when you’re doing that all-important socializing:

  • Beckett
  • Bayer
  • Darwin
  • Huxley
  • Logan
  • Falstaff
  • Womble
  • Sunny
  • Tanner

Strong male dog names

Dogs have amazing amounts of energy, stamina, and muscle.

These names either mean strong, or imply strength:

  • Mason
  • Hunter
  • Chase
  • Atlas (Atlas is the Greek god depicted carrying the world on his shoulders)
  • Aaron (Hebrew name meaning “mountain of strength”)
  • Magnar (Norwegian name meaning “strength”)
  • Angus (Irish name meaning “unique strength”)
  • Ryker (Danish name meaning “strength”)
  • Obelix (Greek name meaning “pillar of strength”)
  • Zeke (Hebrew name meaning “God strengthens”)
  • Virtus (the Roman god of bravery and military strength)

Check out our big list of Tough Dog Names for more inspiration

Big dog names – male

Was your pup the biggest in the litter?

Or are you renaming a rescue dog who’s already head and shoulders above his friends?

These names all call great size to mind:

  • Titus
  • Groot (as well as a Marvel hero, groot is the Dutch word for “large” although the Dutch pronunciation is tricky! )
  • Hercules
  • Jupiter
  • Montaro (Japanese name meaning “big boy”)
  • Orson (Latin name meaning “bear”)
  • Odin
  • Berg (berg means “mountain” in several Germanic languages)
  • Tan
  • Redwood
  • Everest
  • Elbrus (Mount Elbrus is the tallest mountain in Russia and Europe)

That’s just a taster of course! We have three hundred and fifty more big dog name ideas just waiting for you!

Small dog names male

Are your puppy’s parents petite? Is your puppy more of a mini than a max?

Maybe your dog is going to fall at the other end of the scale, and there’s nothing wrong with that. They say that the best things come in small parcels.

These great boy dog names celebrate being a little more compact:

  • Pebble
  • Bean
  • Peagreen (from The Borrowers)
  • Frodo (from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Atom
  • Kerwin (Gaelic name meaning ‘little black one’)
  • Beetle
  • Nugget
  • Acorn
  • Spark

Great dog names male

Some dogs are born great, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

Recognize their nobility with one of these strong male dog names:

  • William (I can hardly paraphrase his words without including Shakespeare’s name!)
  • Armstrong
  • Endeavor
  • Sirius
  • Nelson
  • Majesty
  • Augustus
  • Maximus
  • Hero
  • Arkin
  • Zeus

Famous dog names male

Some of our favorite famous dogs:

  • Marley (From Marley and Me, Marley was a yellow Labrador Retriever)
  • Brian (From Family Guy, Brian Griffin is a white Labrador Retriever)
  • Vincent (the Labrador Retriever in the TV series Lost)
  • Pal (Did you know that Lassie was almost invariably played by male dogs, because they were a better scale next to children? Pal was the first)
  • Ghost
  • Grey Wind
  • Shaggydog (Ghost, Grey Wind and Shaggydog are direwolves in Game of Thrones)
  • Zuma (A chocolate Labrador, and grossly underused member of kids’ favorite, PAW Patrol)
  • Bolt (Of the eponymous Disney film)

Best male dog names

The best name for your dog is one you fall in love with, and don’t mind shouting out in public.

Wherever you get your inspiration from, finding the perfect name for your newest family member is a satisfying moment.

Happy name hunting!

What are your top male dog names?

What is your boy dog called?

If you had to name a new dog tomorrow, what would you call him?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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  2. Our boy, a cavilear King Charles Spaniel, needed a bit of royalty … and some isle flavor, so we named him after our favorite whiskey: Jameson. Fits still!

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  5. My black lab is called Merlin. I have always had an interest in World War 2 aircraft,so he is named after the engines on a Lancaster Bomber.

  6. I have 4 female dogs. All but 1 have boy names..
    I prefer female dogs but boy names…weird right?
    Ok. Yellow lab…..Shooter
    Chocolate lab…..Nicko (pronounced Neeko)
    Black lab/pit……Hanley
    Jack Russell/dachshund……Rosie…(daughter named her)

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